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Need Help with Lake/River smallies

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I'm leaving for a trip this week to fish a lake w smallies and trout, the average depth is 11 feet throughout the 8,000 acres lake.  There's one deep spot with 40 feet of water, and 2 large rivers flowing from it.

The water temps on the lake are still cold, about 55-60, spawn just finished recently, and fish are supposed to be aggresive.

Given this, what would you guys be fishing in this type of lake, and what structure and areas should be focused on?

Thanks for the help!

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i'd probably start with creek channels, but if the spawn was really recent you'll naturally pick up some nice females. you can get some nice territorial bites from the males protecting the fry also. check those bedded spawn areas. (most likely gravel bars or humps depending on your lake) smallies are so much more aggressive than largemouths, especially post-spawn. try running some baitfish lures through there, perch pattern cranks, spinnerbaits and larger grubs - you may even be able to get a nice topwater bite happening from the females since they should be very aggressive. if you find an area with flooded bushes or shrubs tied to a big flat I'd scour that area also.

g'luck on your trip - should be good times!

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